July 23, 2014

Election 2010: A Fight Over Jobs And Recovery vs. Deficit And Debt

August 9, 2010
The Christian Science Monitor

Excerpt

But in a rare show of comity, Democrats and Republicans agreed to punt key fiscal decisions to the president's bipartisan deficit commission, slated to report after the midterm elections, on Dec. 1. The commission is tasked with proposing ways to deal with unsustainable growth in spending and entitlement programs, as well as tax policy.

"The [creation of the] deficit commission is [Congress] punting, but sometimes you have to punt," says Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition. "Clearly, the regular order has not been able to deal with these problems, so we need to have a new process to shake things up."